Although it was published in U.S. before, and was turned on and off on multiple streaming platforms, Sunrisecrazy, adorable action adventure anime adaptation Dirty couple was never available with English synchronization. But with the help of fans to overcome licensing restrictions, that could change.
Nozomi Entertainment and Right Stuf Anime, which have permission to publish the original 1985 anime – which is itself an adaptation of the light novel by Haruka Takachiho and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko – announced the Kickstarter campaign it will bring Dirty couple to Blu-ray in the US for the first time. But that’s not the primary reason for Kickstarter: most of the money raised will be earmarked licensing Dirty couple The first TV series English dub. This is not the first time that English-language publications have been published through crowdfunding, but it is becoming more and more a way to ensure a much greater variety of anime really got treatment.
“The anime market has become very difficult in terms of licensing and costs, and production, especially deep catalog and niche titles, has become much riskier. We love these shows, for sure, but the market for them is definitely different, ”says Nozomi in the reasons for going to crowdfunding for Dirty couple. “Fans are generally focused on simultaneous broadcasts and newer programs, and that creates additional barriers when investing in older shows or programs with a specific audience.”
But Dirty couple it is definitely worth the investment. Set in the 22nd century, the series follows two bounty hunters (dubbed Trouble Consultants) known as the Lovely Angels – the glowing heads of Kei and the elegant Yuri – as they are hired to hunt fugitives. THis series shows how the duo deserved the more common nickname “Dirty Couple”, mainly because their missions end close to disaster and with tons of hilarious collateral damage. The missions are weird, the banter is funny, and the plot is usually the right amount of busyness from week to week, which just makes the joy of watching the series. And while fans have long been able to see the series in its original Japanese – which will still be available with subtitles alongside the new dub – the opportunity to own an HD copy and potentially open up Dirty couple to a larger audience through the new dub is exciting.
Nozomi Entertainment’s kickstarter runs through Sunday, Oct. 31, and it needs $ 275,000 to succeed, and the campaign is estimated to be released in August 2022. Go to Kickstarter and see more about HD remastering, as well as details on additional levels of extras like Blu-rays of another Dirty couple THIS and more – or, if you want to learn more about the show, it is too started streaming with subtitles on Retrocrush in the U.S. and Canada today, so you can see what it’s all about before you decide to commit to support.
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